#IWSG – Looking Back

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

 

 

The awesome co-hosts of the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

 

December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
 
Where would I even begin? 2017 had a mix of everything for me although little had to do with writing. That makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve come up with a lot of new ideas that I’d like to put to paper, but it never seemed to happen. If it wasn’t my health, it was something else.
 
If I could backtrack, I suppose I’d have done more to push myself in all areas of my life. I would’ve gotten more involved in taking care of my own health, rather than assuming the doctors had it all right. I would’ve gotten my depression under control a lot sooner and thereby giving my writing more of a shot. Unfortunately, that’s the woulda, shoulda, and couldas, and I’m not going there.
 
I’m going to try really hard to make next year better in all aspects.
 
What would you have done differently if you could backtrack?

 

 

 

WELCOME ME BACK!!

Hey there my beloved blogger friends! Hope all is well with you guys. I’ve been gone for several months due to an unexpectedly accidental computer mishap, among other things. But I’m back. Again. <Rolling eyes> Let’s see if I can keep up with you guys this time.

I’d be remiss not to put out there how much I’ve missed blogging and my blogging friends. I hope I haven’t lost too many of you in my absence. I just wanted you all to know that I’m OK.   XOXOXO

 

48 Hour Film Making

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It may sound crazy, but making a short film in 48 hours can be done! In fact, there is a competition in New Zealand called the 48 hour film festival, which I have done a couple of times and I’m here to give you a few tips. Whether you’re going to compete or just do it for fun, read on!

  1. GETTING THE TEAM TOGETHER

Making a film in such a short amount of time requires real commitment, it’s full of late nights, long hours and not much sleep. So before you get stuck into it, make sure everyone in your team is 100% ready for the next 48 hours. Here’s what happened to my team my second attempt at this;

First things first, we didn’t have a particularly large group to begin with, but when someone (who happens to own the camera) drops out the NIGHT before, it’s not ideal…

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#IWSG – READING AND WRITING PET PEEVES

Hello all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

 

Unfortunately, I haven’t been blogging for some time. Not exactly news anymore, is it? That’s why I’m thankful for the IWSG because it’s the one thing I look forward to the most. It keeps me blogging at least once a month, or every other month, as has been the case lately. There’s a lot going on (when isn’t there, am I right?) but I’ll save that for my other blog’s post here.

August 2 Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

 

As far as pet peeves, I only have one that makes me crazy. It’s having a book inundated with typos and simple grammatical errors. That’s unacceptable in any writing, but more so in published works that people are paying money to read. I can’t begin to tell you how many books I’ve read that needed to be badly overhauled for what should’ve been an easy fix with a decent editor.

 

Enjoy your IWSG day and let me know your thoughts!

 

 

 

You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

I do read – a lot, and I’m guilty of not posting as many reviews as I should. It’s actually on the top of my to-do list for this blog.

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If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made…

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